About Jan Van Dyke

Jan Van Dyke (1941-2015) choreographer, teacher, scholar, and community leader, spent four decades creating and showing her choreography widely throughout the United States and in Europe over the course of her career. Additionally, she founded and directed Dance Project, which runs the NC Dance Festival, Van Dyke Dance Group, and School at City Arts.

She was Professor Emerita in the Dance Department at UNC Greensboro, where she served as Head from 2006-2011. Van Dyke was the recipient of a NC Choreography Fellowship, and a 1993 Fulbright Scholar. In 2001, she was honored with the North Carolina Dance Alliance Annual Award for contributions to the development of dance in the state. An acclaimed teacher, DANCE TEACHER MAGAZINE gave her the 2008 Dance Teacher Award for Higher Education.

In 2010, UNCG honored her with the Gladys Strawn Bullard Award for leadership and service. The United Arts Council of Greensboro presented her with the Betty Cone Medal of Arts Award in 2011. The Van Dyke Dance Group continues as a repertory company, under the umbrella of Dance Project.

How we came to be: 

The Beautiful Van Dyke Performance Space was conceived and built as a state of the art dance theater fueled by the passionate vision of Jan Van Dyke. From that auspicious beginning, the theater has evolved into a comprehensive space for many different individual and organization lead events. The flexible space encourages a creative and collaborative design, which means if you can imagine it – we can make it happen! Tell us more about your event over on the Rent VDPS page! 

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